August 12, 2015

SunOpta Announces Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta") (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended July 4, 2015. SunOpta also announced the strategic, accretive acquisition of Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Company Inc. ("Niagara Natural") expanding its fruit snack platform. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars and results are reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP, except where specifically noted.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Revenues of $307.3 million versus $327.6 million in the prior year, a 6.2% decrease on a consolidated basis and a 5.0% decrease within SunOpta Foods.
  • Excluding the effect of changes including commodity prices, foreign exchange rates, and product rationalizations, revenues decreased 3.2% on a consolidated basis and 2.2% within SunOpta Foods.
  • Operating income¹ of $9.7 million, or 3.2% of revenues, versus $16.7 million, or 5.1% of revenues, in the prior year.
  • EBITDA¹ of $15.3 million, or 5.0% of revenues, versus $22.2 million, or 6.8% of revenues, in the prior year.
  • Earnings of $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share, which includes earnings from continuing operations in the core foods business of $0.07 per diluted common share, partially offset by a loss of $0.04 per diluted common share attributable to non-core and discontinued operations.
  • Adjusted Earnings¹ of $0.08 per diluted common share after removing the impact of non-core and discontinued operations, severance and acquisition related expenses.
  • Announced the transformative acquisition of Sunrise Growers Inc., a global leader in the rapidly growing frozen fruit category with revenues of approximately $300 million, supplying a diverse base of retail and foodservice customers from its strategic operating platform. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
  • Announced its Hope, Minn. facility became the first food manufacturing facility in the United States to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture Process Verified Program verification for Non-Genetically Modified Organisms.
  • Enhanced its global sourcing capabilities with an increase in its ownership position in Selet Hulling PLC, a premier supplier of organic sesame.
  • Expanded its research and development platform with the opening of its new SunOpta Innovation Center at the Company's offices in Edina, Minn.

(All comparisons above are to the quarter ended July 5, 2014)

Year-to-date 2015 Highlights

  • Revenues of $610.7 million versus $650.0 million in the prior year, a 6.0% decrease on a consolidated basis and 4.9% decrease within SunOpta Foods.
  • Excluding the effect of changes including an additional week of sales in the first quarter of 2014, commodity prices, foreign exchange rates, and product rationalizations, revenues increased 1.7% on a consolidated basis and 3.2% within SunOpta Foods.
  • Operating income¹ of $19.2 million, or 3.1% of revenues, versus $28.7 million, or 4.4% of revenues, in the prior year which included an extra week in the first quarter.
  • EBITDA¹ of $30.1 million, or 4.9% of revenues, versus $39.6 million, or 6.1% of revenues, in the prior year which included an extra week in the first quarter.
  • Earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted common share, which includes earnings from continuing operations in the core foods business of $0.16 per diluted common share, partially offset by a loss of $0.05 per diluted common share attributable to non-core and discontinued operations, versus earnings of $15.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share in the prior year, which includes the impact from the extra week of business.
  • Adjusted Earnings¹ of $0.17 per diluted common share after removing the impact of non-core and discontinued operations, severance and acquisition related expenses.

(All comparisons above are to the two quarters ended July 5, 2014)

"We continue to be pleased with the performance of the Global Ingredients segment. Despite a significant decline in the euro, and product rationalization in the sunflower category, the Global Ingredients segment reported increased sales and continued margin enhancement. The growth, particularly in organic ingredients, is a testament to the underlying strength of the market for specialty and organic foods," said Rik Jacobs, President and Chief Operating Officer of SunOpta Inc. "We are not pleased with the shortfall in the Consumer Products segment. However, we believe that the initiatives we have in place will restore top and bottom line growth which will accelerate as we head into 2016. In the healthy beverage category, our aseptic and juice plants are now filling up based on the pipeline we have developed with new customers and new products. And, while we have been challenged in IQF fruit, with the pending transformative acquisition of Sunrise Growers we expect to be the leader in the healthy frozen fruit category. In addition, the acquisition of Niagara Natural, which we announced today in the healthy snack category, is expected to give us the critical mass to accelerate our growth in fruit snacks."

Acquisition of Niagara Natural

With the acquisition, SunOpta extends its market presence in fruit snacks and now has production coverage on both the east and the west coast, providing a competitively positioned platform to generate meaningful synergies. This acquisition, valued at approximately $6.7 million, is expected to be immediately accretive to cash flows, and accretive in 2016 to earnings on a GAAP basis. SunOpta issued a separate press release today with additional information about the Niagara Natural acquisition.

"The last couple of weeks have been a very exciting period of growth for SunOpta with the announcement of our agreement to acquire Sunrise Growers and the strategic addition of Niagara Natural," said Steve Bromley, Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta. "We expect that both of these additions will leverage our vertically integrated platform, deepen our customer relationships with new products and capabilities, and in turn accelerate our top and bottom line growth."

Second Quarter 2015 Results

Revenues for the second quarter decreased 6.2% to $307.3 million compared to $327.6 million for the second quarter of 2014. After adjusting for the impact of changes including commodity prices, foreign exchange rates and product rationalizations, consolidated revenues decreased 3.2% and SunOpta Foods revenues decreased 2.2% versus the second quarter of 2014. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to lower volumes of aseptic beverages, snacks and frozen food retail products inside of the Consumer Products segment, competitive pressures on certain steel and industrial mineral products in Opta Minerals, decreased sunflower sales as a result of footprint rationalization in 2014, and the effect of the decline in the euro on translating foreign revenues. Increased sales of organic raw materials and increased refrigerated juice sales as a result of the March 2015 acquisition of Citrusource LLC partially offset the decrease in revenues for the quarter.

Operating income¹ for the second quarter was $9.7 million, or 3.2% of revenues, compared to $16.7 million, or 5.1% of revenues for the second quarter of 2014. SunOpta Foods operating income, including corporate services, was $9.0 million, or 3.2% of revenues, compared to $15.1 million, or 5.2% of revenues, for the second quarter of 2014. The decline in operating income was primarily due to lower contribution from sales in Consumer Products as well as the impact of lower production volumes leading to decreased equipment utilization efficiency following the expansion of the Company's Modesto aseptic facility, pricing in frozen fruit, costs associated with the retrofit and commissioning of the Company's premium juice operation, and costs related to expansion activities at the Allentown, Pennsylvania facility to add aseptic beverage processing and filling capabilities. These pressures were partially offset by increased volumes of organic ingredients and improved performance within the Company's rationalized sunflower operations. In addition, lower volumes of higher-margin steel products at Opta Minerals resulted in a $0.8 million decrease in operating income to $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Earnings for the second quarter of 2015 were $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share, compared to $8.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2014. Excluding the results of non-core and discontinued operations, as well as severance and acquisition related expenses, Adjusted Earnings¹ were $0.08 per diluted common share. Earnings for the second quarter of 2015 include approximately $0.3 million of incremental costs related to the expansion activities at the Allentown aseptic facility scheduled to come on-line in the fourth quarter of 2015.

EBITDA¹ was $15.3 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $22.2 million for the second quarter of the prior year.

Year-to date 2015 Results

Revenues for the 26-week first half of 2015 decreased 6.0% to $610.7 million compared to $650.0 million for the 27-week first half of 2014. The extra week contributed approximately $21.3 million of the revenue in 2014. After adjusting for the impact of changes including commodity prices, foreign exchange rates, product rationalizations and an additional week of sales in 2014, consolidated revenues increased 1.7% and SunOpta Foods revenues increased 3.2% versus the first half of 2014. The increase in revenues was primarily due to stronger demand for organic ingredients in the U.S. and Europe, partially offset by lower sales in beverage and snack-based foods categories and competitive pressures on certain steel and industrial mineral products in Opta Minerals.

Operating income¹ was $19.2 million, or 3.1% of revenues, compared to $28.7 million, or 4.4% of revenues in the first half of 2014. SunOpta Foods operating income, including corporate services, was $18.9 million, or 3.4% of revenues, compared to $26.1 million, or 4.5% of revenues in the first half of 2014. The decline in operating income is attributable to lower volumes of beverage and snack products, pricing pressure in frozen fruit, decreased plant utilization, costs associated with the retrofit of the Company's premium juice operation, and costs related to expansion activities at the Allentown facility to add aseptic beverage processing and filling capabilities. These pressures were partially offset by increased volumes of organic ingredients and improved performance within the Company's rationalized sunflower operations. In addition, lower volumes of higher-margin steel products at Opta Minerals resulted in a decrease of $2.4 million in operating income to $0.2 million in the first half of 2015.

Earnings for the 26-week first half of 2015 were $7.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted common share, compared to $15.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share, for the 27-week first half of 2014. Excluding the results of non-core and discontinued operations, as well as severance and acquisition related expenses, Adjusted Earnings¹ were $0.17 per diluted common share for the first half of 2015. Earnings for the first half of 2015 includes approximately $1.5 million of incremental costs related to the retrofit of the San Bernardino premium juice operation and the effect of west coast port delays on export shipments in the first quarter, as well as ongoing expansion activities at the Allentown aseptic facility scheduled to come on-line in the fourth quarter of 2015.

EBITDA¹ was $30.1 million in the first half of 2015, compared to $39.6 million in the first half of the prior year.

Balance Sheet

The Company's balance sheet remains strong and at July 4, 2015 reflected a net debt to equity ratio of 0.43 to 1.00. At July 4, 2015, the Company had total debt outstanding of $157.9 million, net debt of $153.5 million, total assets of $699.9 million, shareholders' equity of $352.9 million and a net book value of $5.15 per outstanding share. As previously announced, the Company expects to complete the Sunrise Growers acquisition during the fall of 2015, which it expects to finance through a combination of debt and equity financing.

Conference Call

The Company plans to host a conference call at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday August 12th, 2015 to discuss the second quarter financial results and recent corporate developments. After opening remarks, there will be a question and answer period. This conference call can be accessed via a link at the Company's website at www.sunopta.com. To listen to the live call over the Internet, please go to the Company's website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Additionally, the call may be accessed with the toll free dial-in number 1 (877) 312-9198 or International dial-in number 1 (631) 291-4622. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days at the Company's website.

1See discussion of non-GAAP measures

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. SunOpta specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. SunOpta's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added grain, seed, fruit and vegetable based product offerings, supported by a global sourcing and supply infrastructure. SunOpta also holds an approximate 66% ownership position in Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM), a producer, distributor, and recycler of industrial minerals and silica-free abrasives. Opta Minerals is a non-core holding.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the anticipated closing date of the acquisition of Sunrise Growers, our expectation that the acquisition of Niagara Natural will generate meaningful synergies and will be immediately accretive to earnings, our strategic focus on innovation, capacity, and capabilities enhancements and our expectation that our Consumer Product segment will return to top and bottom line growth. Generally, forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and are typically accompanied by words such as "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "project", "potential", "continue", "could", "would", "should", "might", "plan", "will", "may", "predict" or other similar terms and phrases intended to identify these forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on information available to us on the date of this release and are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, continued consumer interest in health and wellness, ability to maintain product pricing levels, current customer demand, planned facility and operational expansions, competitive intensity, cost rationalization, product development initiatives, and alternative potential uses for our capital resources. Whether actual timing and results will agree with expectations and predications of the Company is subject to many risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, risks associated with acquisitions generally such as the inability to obtain or delays in obtaining required approvals under applicable anti-trust legislation and other regulatory and third party consents and approvals; conditions in the securities market that are less favorable than expected and potential volatility in the capital markets which may impact on the ability to complete the proposed financings necessary to satisfy the purchase price for Sunrise Growers; failure to retain key management and employees of Sunrise Growers and Niagara Natural; issues or delays in the successful integration of the operations, systems and personnel of Sunrise Growers and Niagara Natural with those of the Company including incurring or experiencing unanticipated costs and/or delays or difficulties, future levels of revenues being lower than expected and costs being higher than expected; failure or inability to implement growth strategies in a timely manner; changes in the level of capital investment; global political and economic conditions and conditions specifically affecting the frozen fruit industry; consumer spending patterns and changes in market trends; decreases in customer demand; delayed or unsuccessful product development efforts; potential product recalls; working capital management and continuous improvement initiatives; availability and pricing of raw materials and supplies; potential covenant breaches under our credit facilities; and other risks described from time to time under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov). Consequently all forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized.

SunOpta Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the quarter and two quarters ended July 4, 2015 and July 5, 2014
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
 
 Quarter endedTwo quarters ended
 July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014
 $ $$ $
       
Revenues307,268 327,575610,674 649,954
       
Cost of goods sold 273,558 284,757544,072 570,914
       
Gross profit33,710 42,81866,602 79,040
       
Selling, general and administrative expenses22,456 24,47746,126 47,876
Intangible asset amortization1,196 1,0882,326 2,211
Other expense (income), net2,098 1372,132 (1,004)
Foreign exchange loss (gain)339 546(1,001) 223
       
Earnings from continuing operations before the following7,621 16,57017,019 29,734
       
Interest expense, net3,093 2,0104,916 4,158
       
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes4,528 14,56012,103 25,576
       
Provision for income taxes3,623 5,5906,380 10,023
       
Earnings from continuing operations905 8,9705,723 15,553
       
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(134) 27(134) 64
       
Earnings771 8,9975,589 15,617
       
Earnings (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests(1,278) 289(1,694) 269
       
Earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc.2,049 8,7087,283 15,348
       
Earnings per share - basic       
- from continuing operations0.03 0.130.11 0.23
- from discontinued operations -- ---- --
 0.03 0.130.11 0.23
       
Earnings per share - diluted       
- from continuing operations0.03 0.130.11 0.22
- from discontinued operations -- ---- --
 0.03 0.130.11 0.22
       
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding (000s)      
- basic67,895 66,71567,726 66,667
- diluted68,226 68,45868,047 68,058
 
SunOpta Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As at July 4, 2015 and January 3, 2015
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 
 July 4, 2015 January 3, 2015
 $ $
    
ASSETS   
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents4,386 9,938
Accounts receivable133,696 125,896
Inventories286,331 264,256
Prepaid expenses and other current assets19,750 18,935
Current income taxes recoverable5,134 2,233
Deferred income taxes5,950 8,107
 455,247 429,365
    
Property, plant and equipment141,360 134,920
Goodwill 45,646 29,082
Intangible assets50,927 40,640
Deferred income taxes1,791 2,061
Other assets4,952 4,882
    
 699,923 640,950
    
LIABILITIES   
Current liabilities   
Bank indebtedness123,039 91,410
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities133,038 128,437
Customer and other deposits4,001 4,127
Income taxes payable2,708 3,090
Other current liabilities2,229 3,087
Current portion of long-term debt31,573 5,927
Current portion of long-term liabilities4,519 250
 301,107 236,328
    
Long-term debt 3,275 33,928
Long-term liabilities18,000 1,962
Deferred income taxes13,822 15,404
 336,204 287,622
    
EQUITY   
SunOpta Inc. shareholders' equity   
Common shares201,189 190,668
Additional paid-in capital20,108 22,490
Retained earnings136,592 129,309
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(4,971) (1,778)
 352,918 340,689
Non-controlling interests10,801 12,639
Total equity363,719 353,328
    
 699,923 640,950
 
SunOpta Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the quarter and two quarters ended July 4, 2015 and July 5, 2014
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 
 Quarter endedTwo quarters ended
 July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014
 $ $$ $
       
CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN)      
       
Operating activities      
Earnings771 8,9975,589 15,617
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations(134) 27(134) 64
Earnings from continuing operations905 8,9705,723 15,553
       
Items not affecting cash:      
Depreciation and amortization5,578 5,48110,962 10,858
Deferred income taxes1,326 1,433845 1,837
Stock-based compensation1,157 9742,239 1,805
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments996 (406)893 219
Gain on disposal of assets(107) --(107) --
Unrealized loss (gain) on contingent consideration82 --82 (1,373)
Other900 (535)1,377 (184)
Changes in non-cash working capital, net of business acquired(15,981) 17,061(38,644) (7,867)
Net cash flows from operations - continuing operations(5,144) 32,978(16,630) 20,848
Net cash flows from operations - discontinued operations(134) 203(134) (262)
 (5,278) 33,181(16,764) 20,586
       
Investing activities      
Acquisition of businesses(733) --(14,033) --
Purchases of property, plant and equipment(9,788) (3,882)(15,439) (7,456)
Payment of contingent consideration(253) --(253) (800)
Proceeds from the sale of assets1,053 --1,053 --
Other99 (12)(23) (49)
Net cash flows from investing activities - continuing operations(9,622) (3,894)(28,695) (8,305)
Net cash flows from investing activities - discontinued operations-- (203)-- 262
 (9,622) (4,097)(28,695) (8,043)
       
Financing activities      
Increase (decrease) under line of credit facilities12,809 (29,094)36,066 (13,565)
Borrowings under long-term debt-- 150-- 210
Repayment of long-term debt(1,378) (1,585)(2,793) (3,156)
Proceeds from the issuance of common shares1,423 1,5823,039 2,247
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants3,067 --3,879 --
Other(174) 19(311) (79)
Net cash flows from financing activities - continuing operations15,747 (28,928)39,880 (14,343)
       
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash held in a foreign currency48 (66)27 (10)
       
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents in the period895 90(5,552) (1,810)
       
       
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of the period3,491 6,6379,938 8,537
       
Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period4,386 6,7274,386 6,727
 
SunOpta Inc.
Segmented Information
For the quarter and two quarters ended July 4, 2015 and July 5, 2014
Unaudited
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 
 Quarter endedTwo quarters ended
 July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014
 $ $$ $
Segment revenues from external customers:      
Global Ingredients161,848 167,489316,905 320,802
Consumer Products115,746 124,843234,638 259,364
SunOpta Foods277,594 292,332551,543 580,166
Opta Minerals29,674 35,24359,131 69,788
Total segment revenues from external customers307,268 327,575610,674 649,954
       
Segment gross profit:      
Global Ingredients20,579 18,92237,898 32,242
Consumer Products9,074 17,38320,925 35,386
SunOpta Foods29,653 36,30558,823 67,628
Opta Minerals4,057 6,5137,779 11,412
Total segment gross profit33,710 42,81866,602 79,040
         
Segment operating income (loss):      
Global Ingredients10,311 8,78219,292 12,321
Consumer Products692 9,3343,252 19,424
SunOpta Foods11,003 18,11622,544 31,745
Opta Minerals727 1,571208 2,596
Corporate Services(2,011) (2,980)(3,601) (5,611)
Total segment operating income9,719 16,70719,151 28,730
         
Segment operating income percentage:      
Global Ingredients6.4% 5.2%6.1% 3.8%
Consumer Products0.6% 7.5%1.4% 7.5%
SunOpta Foods4.0% 6.2%4.1% 5.5%
Opta Minerals2.4% 4.5%0.4% 3.7%
Total segment operating income3.2% 5.1%3.1% 4.4%

(Segment operating income (loss) is defined as "Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before the following" excluding the impact of "Other expense (income), net".)

1Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides information regarding segment operating income and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") as additional information about its operating results, which are not measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures assist investors in comparing performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of the Company's core operating performance. The non-GAAP measures of segment operating income and EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company defines segment operating income as "earnings from continuing operations before the following" excluding the impact of other income/expense items and goodwill impairments; and EBITDA as segment operating income plus depreciation and amortization. The following is a tabular presentation of segment operating income and EBITDA, including a reconciliation to earnings (loss) from continuing operations, which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure:

 
 Quarter endedTwo quarters ended
 July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014July 4, 2015 July 5, 2014
 $ $$ $
         
Earnings from continuing operations905 8,9705,723 15,553
Provision for income taxes3,623 5,5906,380 10,023
Interest expense, net3,093 2,0104,916 4,158
Other expense (income), net2,098 1372,132 (1,004)
Total segment operating income9,719 16,70719,151 28,730
Depreciation and amortization5,578 5,48110,962 10,858
EBITDA15,297 22,18830,113 39,588

The Company also reported Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted earnings per diluted share for the quarter and two quarters ended July 4, 2015. Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted earnings per diluted share are also non-GAAP financial measures.

When assessing our financial performance, we use an internal measure that excludes (i) results of discontinued operations and non-core businesses; (ii) other income/expense items within our core foods business; and (iii) any impairment losses from earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc. determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe that the identification of these items enhances the analysis of the financial performance of our core foods business when comparing those operating results between periods, as we do not consider these items to be reflective of (i) our strategic focus on investing in our core foods operations; or (ii) normal core business operations. The following is a tabular presentation of Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per diluted share, including a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP earnings (loss) attributable to SunOpta Inc. and U.S. GAAP earnings (loss) attributable to SunOpta Inc. on a per diluted share basis, which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

For the quarter and two quarters ended July 4, 2015, in addition to the results of discontinued operations and non-core businesses, the Company recognized severance and acquisition related charges as other expense that we do not believe are reflective of normal business operations. These charges have been excluded to arrive at Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per diluted share.

For the quarter and two quarters ended July 5, 2014, in addition to the results of discontinued operations and non-core businesses, the Company recognized specific charges and gains related to severance and a gain on settlement of a remaining earn out related to a preview acquisition. We do not believe these charges and gains are reflective of normal business operations and have been excluded to arrive at Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per diluted share.

   Adjusted
 Quarter endedearnings per
 July 4, 2015diluted share
 $$
Earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc. 2,049 0.03
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 134 --
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to SunOpta Inc. 2,183 0.03
Adjusted for:  
Loss from non-core Opta Minerals business 2,613 0.04
Other expense, net within core business (net of taxes of $206) 410 0.01
Adjusted earnings 5,206 0.08
     
   Adjusted
 Quarter endedearnings per
 July 5, 2014diluted share
 $$
Earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc. 8,708 0.13
Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (27) --
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to SunOpta Inc. 8,681 0.13
Adjusted for:  
Earnings from non-core Opta Minerals business (79) --
Other income, net within core business (net of tax of $10) (15) --
Adjusted earnings 8,587 0.13
     
   Adjusted
 Two quarters endedearnings per
 July 4, 2015diluted share
 $$
Earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc. 7,283 0.11
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 134 --
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to SunOpta Inc. 7,417 0.11
Adjusted for:  
Loss from non-core Opta Minerals business 3,333 0.05
Other expense, net within core business (net of tax of $248) 493 0.01
Adjusted earnings 11,243 0.17
     
   Adjusted
 Two quarters endedearnings per
 July 5, 2014diluted share
 $$
Earnings attributable to SunOpta Inc. 15,348 0.23
Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (64) --
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to SunOpta Inc. 15,284 0.22
Adjusted for:  
Earnings from non-core Opta Minerals business (51) --
Other income, net within core business (net of tax of $516) (769) (0.01)
Adjusted earnings 14,464 0.21
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